The best British holiday meet cute since Love Actually.
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Why I love it
Erica De Leon
BOTM Readers Committee
What happens when a hardcore mystery/thriller fan who shies away from romance in film, television, books, and even real life takes a chance on a romance novel? Spoiler alert: I loved it.
When Laurie spots a handsome guy through a bus window in London, their eyes meet, and she falls in love at first sight. But after a year of searching, she’s had no luck finding him … until she is introduced to her best friend Sarah's new boyfriend, Jack. Guess who he turns out to be? The ensuing story follows Laurie, Sarah, and Jack over 10 years as they navigate life, love, and all their highs and lows.
While billed as a love story, I found One Day in December to be a charming coming-of-age story at its heart. It’s a book about the post-college years, when life hands you unexpected challenges, and tough decisions have to be made about relationships, careers, friendships, and family. I never expected to be as invested in this book as I was, but I found the characters relatable, their dialogue authentic, and their stories moving. I hope you’ll love this book as much as I did—the perfect read for the holiday season.
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic ... and then her bus drives away.
Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah, and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming, and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
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Arlington , TX
I was so invested in these characters I thought about them when I wasn’t reading. I couldn’t wait to get home to start reading again. I LOVED this book so much. I wish there was a sequel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I can’t explain how much I loved this book. It reminded me of Something Borrowed, but more melancholic. Love at first sight, love triangle, and a friendship bonded by grief and loss, my gosh ❤️❤️❤️
I’m normally not a huge fan of romance novels, but this one sounded so intriguing I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did! The story takes you through twists, turns and heartbreaks. You’ll love it!
Woodside , NY
Loved this book ! Love the way characters grew throughout the story. I was identified with their emotions and personality ! I’m glad I finished this book.I could read it again.You have to read it . ❤️
A tender story about falling in love with the right person at the wrong time. For anyone struggling with one of those “hard pill to swallow” moments in love , reading this book will give you clarity.”
Goose Creek, SC
First time I’ve read this author and I can’t wait to read more by her! If you loved “Love, Actually” you will love this book. Such a realistic portrayal of unrequited love and life’s weird twists!
This was the perfect rom-com, it kept me wanting more. I loved the characters and the relationships between them. The story going through years was great because you got to see how they grow up and together
If you take Bridget Jones’s Diary and put it together with Emily Griffin’s book, Something Borrowed, plus a touch of All the Light We Lost (which admittedly I didn’t care for) - this is what you get.
Leland , NC
You can’t help but feel like part of this story based on how easily you connect with each of the characters. It was an emotional ride about figuring out who you are that I’m happy I stuck around for!
I can’t even describe how much I love this book. I want to live in this little book world. It was sweet and heartbreaking at times and the characters were insanely well written. I need a Jack O’Mara.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that has kept me up all night reading. I loved everything about this book, from the relatable characters to the annoying obstacles they faced. A must read!
I couldn’t put this book down, read it in 1 day. The author did a great job with telling both sides of Laurie and Jack. I really didn’t know how this was going to end. Loved every minute of this read.
This was one of the first romance books I’ve tried. I really enjoyed it! The characters are so “real” and well written. A couple plot points were irritating but overall, it was a solid romance read!
I randomly selected this book because I’m a sucker for romance. This book kept my attention, and I found myself staying up late to read more and more. It’s a fairly easy read that does not dissapoint.
I literally read this book in a weeks time. I would even wake up early for work so I could read until time for work. When i got off work, the first thing i would do is grab my book. 10/10 recommend!❤️
I loved the 10-year plot! I felt the longer timeline helped ground the dramatics of your typical romance and it felt all-the-more real. Love is not perfectly linear, and it’s hard, but it’s beautiful.
This is the kind of book that you’ll want to pick up every December and read all over again. By the end, each character is dangling from your heartstrings and tied up into a bow that’s just perfect.
One Day in December is one of the best books that I’ve read in 2019 so far! My book club read it in January since we didn’t have a book in December and we all loved reading it! Please read this book!
Grand Prairie, TX
As a reluctant romantic, this book made me come alive with much wistfulness. Occasionally, you think that the plot‘s too good to be true, but isn’t that why you started reading it in the first place?
I LOVE this book. I now make it an annual tradition to read around the holidays because it’s such a comfort to read. It’s quirky, cute, and highly relatable if you’ve ever lived in a bustling city!